Get a Grip On Handles and Knobs from Classy to Brassy

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The recent trend of elegant and sleek minimalist furniture can leave cabinetry looking quite homogenous and, dare I say, a bit boring? Handles and knobs have been an integral feature of cabinetry and furniture as long as they’ve been in existence, but new styles have silenced them. The likes of touch-release catches have all but eliminated handles and knobs in rooms including the kitchen and bathroom. But whether the subtle punctuation in the sentence, or a grand statement, handles and knobs speak for themselves, and will definitely not become extinct. Let’s have a look at some of these stars and see if you can honestly live without them.

Matter of harmony
I love the semicircular handles in this elegantly designed bathroom. They harmonise with and continue the circular pattern and theme throughout the bathroom. Sourcing such unique handles shows absolute commitment to the overall theme and design. They complete the bathroom. Imagine the room without these classy handles – still sleek and classy, but way less original.

Keeping it quiet
Making a statement doesn’t have to be loud. In this striking kitchen by Scott Weston Architecture Design, the subtlety of the handles is beautifully balanced with the drama created by the contrasting colours and textures of the cabinetry. The handles serve as a functional element while also tying the foreground bench to the background cabinetry via continuity of line and finish.

Accentuating design
This contemporary cabinet by interior designer Greg Natale features geometric shapes, repeated in the mirror, chair and diamond drawer patterning. The circular handles complete the story set against the diamond pattern. Centred on the drawer face, the handles are a focal point. Additionally, the handles bring dimension to this lovely piece of furniture by projecting forward onto another plane. This projection and the repetition of the circular shape carries our eye from the round mirror in the background, across the top of the cabinet and down to complete the picture at the centre of the drawer face. Again, imagine the cabinet without the handles –nowhere near as much personality.

Time to function
The part of the cabinetry you will touch the most is the handle.
It is a really good idea to invest the time in testing your handle selections before purchasing. Make sure your handle projects far enough out from the cabinetry so that you can get a good grip on it, not just hold it in your fingertips. The more of your finger or hand you can get into or around the handle, the easier the door or drawer will be to open. Note that the heavier or larger the door or drawer, the more of a grip you will need.

BONUS TIP: People with limited mobility or dexterity generally find a well-constructed ‘D’ handle works best.


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6 Factors to Consider When Choosing Handles for Your Kitchen Cabinets

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When choosing handles it is important to make sure they are good quality and are well designed. Think about how many times you open and close the cabinet doors and drawers in your kitchen. You will want your handles to be as comfortable as they are stylish.

Test out the handles you intend to buy. Hold one against your cabinet doors and check how easy they are to grip and how they feel in your hand. Also ensure the handles have the right grip for those using the kitchen – such as those with bigger hands or older people who may have arthritis in their fingers.

Finally, ask your supplier what material the handles are made from and what warranty they carry.

Think about the overall style and feel you would like to achieve in your kitchen. The handles you choose have a big influence on the overall feel of your kitchen and can tip the style one way or another.

For the purpose of this story I have broken down kitchen styles into three main broad categories: contemporary, traditional and transitional.

Once you have chosen the style of handles you would like, determining the finish will be a lot easier. Traditional handles, for example, are available in a huge variety of finishes – from stainless steel to brass, pewter and even black.

Consider other feature elements of your kitchen design when choosing the finish (and style) of your handles. These black handles look so sophisticated on the light grey cabinets – and the colour ties in with the black gas stovetop as well as the black tile grout.

Some handles are available in various lengths. It’s really a personal choice and a matter of taste wether or not you mix handle lengths in your kitchen, however using the same length handle throughout, regardless of the length of the drawers you put them on, will create a less busy, more consistent look in the kitchen.

Try to go for an “in-between” length handle that won’t look too short on long drawers or too long on shorter drawers. If you’re not sure how long is right, ask your kitchen designer or a supplier to suggest a size they would recommend based on the size of the cabinets in your kitchen.

Ask your cabinet-maker/kitchen installer not to put the handles on until all of your cabinetry has been installed. This will give you an opportunity to stand in your new kitchen and hold your handles against the cabinet doors and drawers to try out different positions and heights. The general rule is that handles are placed horizontally on pull-out drawers and vertically on doors.

If you are creating a contemporary, streamlined look in your kitchen you could consider placing the handles horizontally on your doors also – but try out the feel of this first because it doesn’t feel as natural as opening a door with a vertical handle.

Also, make sure the handles are placed in a position where they won’t hit one another when you open your cabinets – this is something your kitchen designer should also consider if you’re adding handles to a new kitchen.

If you would like your kitchen to be super contemporary and streamlined, consider having no handles at all on your cabinetry. This kitchen has a recessed lip at the top of each door and drawer front which creates a channel that allows you to open them without handles.


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Renovate For Profit In 5 Easy Steps

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1. Refinish the floors

Ripping out carpet or old floor tiles is a large-scale improvement for maximum impact but not necessarily a cheap one.

‘Pull up the grungy carpet and put down a hard surface like laminate floorboards, or real timber if the budget allows, to radically change the property,’ says Cherie.

2. Spruce up with paint

‘It’s one of the most powerful ways to transform a property. Applying just one coat of fresh paint to ceilings brightens the space. For walls choose a modern, classic scheme.’

3. Update interior doors

When it comes to internal doors there’s no need to replace them.

Says Cherie, ‘There are lots of drab timber doors that simply need to be cosmetically refreshed with paint and a new handle. You don’t have to buy costly door handles as there are some really great fake clones.’

Cherie’s preferred door handle is a satin chrome finish in a straight, square design. ‘I don’t use polished chrome as it picks up fingerprints, a constant maintenance headache.

‘Don’t go for fancy handles because they date a property.

4. Turn up the lights

‘One of the first things I do is rip out the single pendant lights and install halogen or LED recessed downlighting. The objective is to lighten and brighten,’ says Cherie.

Find a compromise between halogens and the more expensive, dimmer yet eco-friendlier LED lights.

‘Use halogens in communal areas and LEDs for ambient lighting in quiet zones like bedrooms.’


5. Dress the windows

Installing window treatments is an essential home makeover job and important to get right.

‘They tend to detract from a light, bright and airy home. Blinds generally cost less and give a more modern look. The trend at the moment is for slimline venetians because they cost so little and you can simply buy them to install easily.

‘Match your fixtures and furnishings to your home, making them relative to the property’s worth.

‘If it’s a high-value home then choose white plantation shutters. If you have a low-value property then go for a slim venetian.

‘We wouldn’t put plantation shutters in a $200,000 property in the country but we would put them in a $2 million inner city home.’

Addition tips: choose various handles or knobs to beautify cabinet, kitchen or drawer for your home renovation that could let your home looks better and unique. is an online handles and knobs store established in 2012 based on Sydney NSW, which is developed for those who are looking for handles and knobs for their homes or a renovation option. Here at igrab we pride ourselves on quality products, personal service and variety regardless of your budget or needs.

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How to Select Cabinet Knobs and Pulls

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1.  Knob or Pull?

There are no strict rules to follow when choosing whether to select a knob or a pull, or both.

My preference is to use knobs for all doors.  And pulls for all drawers.  Any large door such as a pantry and any pull-out door (such as pull-out base pantries or trash pull-outs), use a pull.

It is much more comfortable to open a drawer using a pull.  This allows the whole hand to grab, instead of only your fingertips.  This is extremely helpful since drawers can get very heavy with all of our pots, pans, dishes, etc.

You can also stick to only knobs or only pulls.

The use of all knobs is a fad of many older kitchens.  Before there was a variety of hardware to select from.  I don’t recommend it now, because it can look dotty and generic.

The use of all pulls is a more contemporary look, but is also seen in more traditional kitchens with a more traditional pull style.

When deciding to use all pulls, you must consider how they will be mounted?  All horizontal (contemporary) or horizontal for drawers and vertical for doors.  If you choose the latter, find a pull that is not heavy, as this tends to add weight to a kitchen. Square Contemporary Pulls on all Drawers and Doors. Nicolette Patton, CKD

2.  Square or Curved?

Take note of your cabinet style, countertop edge, lighting fixtures and any other important design elements.  Do they have square or curved lines?

Choose hardware that is consistent with the type of lines in your design.

Examples of Square Cabinet styles = shaker, flat panel or any “modified” shaker door with a flatter, squared look.

Square style hardware can still be round in shape, with square contours.  These are more contemporary.

Examples of Curved Cabinet Styles = traditional raised panel doors, pillow-top doors, recessed panel doors with ogee edges or beads on the inside or outside profiles.

Curved style hardware has soft edges and more detail.  These are more traditional or transitional. Black Iron Knob and Pull Finish with Brushed Nickel Faucet. Nicolette Patton, CKD


3.  Finish

While most homeowners will choose chrome or brushed nickel, there are numerous other finishes available to add interest to your kitchen.

You don’t need to match to your faucet, as long as the finish compliments other finishes in the design, including the faucet.

Finishes that go well with a brushed nickel or brushed stainless faucet: antique pewter, bronze (light to dark), satin brass (this one can get tricky), oil-rubbed bronze, aluminum, black matte and rust.

Finishes that go well with a chrome faucet are more limited, such as: white, black, dark bronze, pewter or clear glass.

4.  Comfort

Personally try out the knob or pull before you purchase the entire kitchen.

Touch it, feel it, fit your hand inside the pull.  Does it fit?  Does it feel nice?  Or does it cram your fingers and feel sharp around the edges?

I have seen many beautiful pulls that I can only fit 2 fingers in comfortably.  You should be able to fit 4 comfortably.

When you grab the knob or pull, does it have pointy edges or ridges that press on your fingers?  That can get pretty annoying when you use them 1000 times per day.

Many companies, such as Top Knobs (one of my favorite hardware suppliers), offer a sample program where they will send you the knob or pull you are interested in, and only pay the shipping.

Try them out, it will be worth the extra research.

5.  Cost

 You get what you pay for!

Seriously!  There are a handful of companies that shall go un-named, that I will never suggest to you because they are hollow.  These are the inexpensive brands.  Their finishes are also sub-par and look cheap.

More about staying on budget.

Instead of going to the big-box stores or Target, look for hardware thru your local plumbing or cabinet showrooms, as they will have a larger variety and salespeople on hand to assist you.

A good price range for knobs is $6 – $10 and for pulls $7 – $12 and up.  Price is based on finish and design.  Solid stainless steel or bronze are going to be much more than my range.  The longer pulls will also run more in cost since there is more materials used.

Whatever you choose, always order a few extras just in case a screw breaks or the finish starts rubbing off.

Jewelry of the Kitchen

Cabinet hardware is the jewelry of the kitchen, so just like in a wardrobe, it must coordinate, be comfortable and enhance the design of the outfit. So before you buy, do your research, order samples and check finishes with your kitchen materials to get the perfect fit.

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Choosing Kitchen Cabinet Hardware (knobs or handles)

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We remodeled our kitchen five years ago, and I recall the initial difficulty of choosing the hardware for the space.  In the end, I chose knobs and pulls from three different suppliers and even though they are slightly different styles, they all work together because they share the same finish.

Kitchen cabinets rarely come with pulls or knobs so it’s a big decision left to the homeowner to choose a style and finish that works with the space.  A reader recently wrote to me asking about the process of choosing kitchen cabinet hardware.  Here are a few tips for making the final choice.

Contemporary kitchens look best with streamlined pulls, and sleek tubular or rectangular options are a perfect complement for this modern style. Old World inspired hardware works well in traditional or European style kitchens.

It’s important to consider the finishes on the light fixtures and appliances in the space.  There’s no need to match every finish, you can mix chrome with brushed nickel, or oil rubbed bronze with brass, just be sure the finishes will complement each other.  With white kitchen cabinets, the good news is that any of the available finishes for knobs and pulls will always look great!

Glass knobs are an often overlooked but stylish choice.  If you’re seeking to inject a dose of glamour in a kitchen, glass knobs are a classic option that also provide a little sparkle or playful color. With painted cabinets, just about any finish on hardware will look right.  Oil rubbed bronze, pewter, brushed nickel, and chrome are all classic finishes for colorful kitchen cabinets. The same is true for wood cabinets as well.  Choose pewter or chrome, oil rubbed bronze or nickel, even brass is making a comeback as a choice for kitchen hardware.

One no fail solution is to coordinate the finish on the hardware with the finish on the appliances.  Oil rubbed bronze or black knobs look fantastic with black appliances just as brushed nickel pulls work perfectly with stainless steel appliances.

It’s perfectly fine to mix styles of hardware too, and in those circumstances you can’t go wrong when you keep the finishes consistent.  In this classic kitchen, brushed nickel bin pulls on drawers are mixed with sleek contemporary pulls on the refrigerator panels.  If cabinet hinges are exposed, your hardware should share the same finish to keep the look cohesive. When hunting for hardware for your kitchen, the most important thing is to make choices that work with the style of your space, the appliances and fixtures, and to make selections that you will love for years to come. is an online handles and knobs store established in 2012 based on Sydney NSW, which is developed for those who are looking for handles and knobs for their homes or a renovation option. Here at igrab we pride ourselves on quality products, personal service and variety regardless of your budget or needs.

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Top 10 Renovation Tips

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Spend time planning your renovation to keep budgets in check and maximize resale value

1. Rules and regulations

Research the specific building regulations of your local government area before you start renovating so you’re not hit with any costly surprises or extra unforeseen charges.

Some councils have regulations that are designed to maximise sustainability or reduce the risk of bushfire and flood damage.

Other councils have design rules to maintain the character of certain suburbs or localities.

Prior research won’t necessarily change the bottom line figure, but it will make the full cost evident before the renovation begins.

2. Smart budgeting

There are many variables that can affect a finely tuned renovation timetable so it’s wise to assume something may go wrong.

Weeks of wet weather can delay a project significantly, causing added expenses further down the line.

If the specific tradie you wanted is unavailable, you may need to book someone else who charges more or takes longer to complete the job.

Having a bit of spare money tucked away will ensure you don’t have to skimp on quality or cut corners.

3. Valuation

Renovating is always a risk but make it a calculated and informed one by knowing the value of other homes in your area as well as the value of yours before and after the renovation.

There is no point paying big dollars for something that won’t add any value.

Real estate values, like any other market, experience highs and lows. Not even the experts can say with full certainty when markets will peak.

If the real estate market is flat you may want to consider whether the timing is ideal for a costly renovation or if it’s more prudent to wait.

4. Get talking

Advice from an experienced renovator can be invaluable on a big project. Talk to others who have recently renovated to get an idea of what features are worth including and what ones aren’t.

A new kitchen with space saving corner cabinets might look good on paper but if you can’t access their contents easily then they won’t be used.

Also, avoid choosing the cheapest quote or the earliest available tradesman and listen to word-of-mouth recommendations from friends instead.

Tradies who turn up on time, work hard, take pride in their craft and quote accurately are worth their weight in gold.

5. Plan ahead

Get development applications in to council sooner rather than later as approval can take longer than expected, and plans may need to go back to the drawing board if they don’t get passed the first time.

Have a firm idea of what you want and try to stick to the original plan. Altering plans means added costs so try to keep changes to a minimum.

The earlier plans are finalised the sooner you can aim to book the architect or builder and arrange funds to cover the work.

6. Drive a bargain

Take the time to research renovation fittings by shopping around both in person and online.

You’ll be amazed how often the price can be slashed by offering cash. Retailers are often keen to unload end-of-line products or display models that are in great condition.

Don’t be embarrassed by trying to get a bargain. A retailer wants to make a sale so it’s worth haggling, especially if you’re putting in a large order, buying expensive items or you’re a regular customer.

7. Think long term

Always renovate with the next owner in mind, keeping updates universally appealing. Add versatile features that won’t need to be changed by the next owner and play it safe with neutral colours.

No one will be offended by a white ceiling and off-white walls but potential buyers might baulk at a red wall and purple ceilings because of the additional costs and effort to repaint.

To add colour, accessorise with cushions, paintings, curtains, rugs and furnishings that are easily changed or put away if you tire of them.

Whether it’s a carport or an enclosed garage, off-street parking adds value and lifestyle convenience. It’s also a feature in an inner city area that could be rented for either parking or storage to yield extra income.

8. Cut costs wisely

It’s not only illegal, but also a false economy to risk your home or your life trying to do dangerous jobs like electrical work to save a few dollars.

Even plumbing can have dire consequences if not done properly.

Instead, save money on tradie costs by figuring out which small, fiddly and time consuming jobs you can do yourself, such as dismantling kitchen cabinets or removing carpet.

These simple tasks don’t require a skilled tradesman but can save you hundreds of dollars.

9. Get gardening

If you’re renovating with the intention to sell, don’t overlook the garden.

A tidy garden with plants suitable for the climate, soil and area is far less work long term than a garden that needs constant watering and pruning.

If gardening isn’t your hobby, then create an easy-care yard with a slow-growing lawn and paved areas. Replace fiddly, back-breaking garden beds with shrubs and trees that fend for themselves.

Choose plants you can propagate to save costs and create a uniform look.

10. Take a walk

Looking around your local area will give you an idea of what homeowners like in a house. Renovating to suit the style, size and location of the property can boost its resale value.

In a coastal location, decks for outdoor entertaining are much sought after, while a fireplace is a must-have in colder areas. A level lawn for kicking the footy around suits a suburban backyard.

Be mindful of the type of home you have and use that to guide your renovation. A large family home would benefit from a big kitchen with plenty of bench space while smaller homes might only need a compact galley kitchen.

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How to Choose and Install New Cabinet Knobs or Pulls

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How to Choose and Install New Cabinet Knobs or Pulls

Changing the hardware on your cabinets and furniture is one of the quickest and easiest ways to update a room. Knobs are available in every price range – you can even paint them yourself.

1. Count exactly how many knobs you’ll need. Remember to count every cabinet, closet, drawer and door. Then do it again. You’ll be really annoyed with yourself if you miscount and have to wait to get more knobs!

2. Measure the distance between the centers of the screw holes to determine the size of the pulls you’ll need (or read the notes below for suggestions on switching from 2 hole pulls to knobs).

3. Decide what size knobs you want. The trend right now is for large scale knobs, but you need to be careful. Huge knobs on small scale furniture can look a bit cartoonish, which may be just the look you’re after! If you have frame and panel doors and drawers, you’ll want to consider the width of the rails. As a general rule, knobs or pulls no wider than half the rail width look best.

4. Using your other hand and from the inside of the door/drawer, insert the tip of a new screw into the existing screw hole of the unit. (Just enough to get it started.)

5. Using the appropriate tool (flathead or Phillips screwdriver or Allen wrench), turn the screw through the hole and into the hole of the new handle. Tighten the screws after all screws for that handle have been installed and you are satisfied with the fit, the look, and the alignment of the new handle.

6. Finished.

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